MLS Snapshots: Toronto FC 1-2 D.C. United | NE Revs 3-1 Sporting KC (video)

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The game in 100 words (or less): The race for home-field advantage in the Eastern Conference just got mighty, mighty interesting, thanks to D.C. United’s road upset of Toronto FC, who entered the weekend a point clear of the New York Red Bulls and New York City FC in the top spot. Sebastian Giovinco missed a fifth straight game through injury, and TFC suffered their first defeat in that stretch (three straight draws before Saturday), and suddenly TFC are two points back of the New York sides, both of whom were victorious on the weekend. The victory sees DCU leapfrog the Montreal Impact and Philadelphia Union, going from sixth to fourth, and just about seal up a playoff berth (they’ll need a win next week to do so). Jozy Altidore scored the opening goal, a beastly move in the open field, but Lamar Neagle hit back either side of halftime for the Black and Red, and that was that.

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Three moments that mattered

36′ — Altidore goes beast mode to make it 1-0 — Josmer. Volmy. Altidore. Good news for the USMNT: Jozy’s form ahead of World Cup qualifying. Bad news for the USMNT: Steve Birnbaum, who got spin-cycled by Altidore, might be asked to play, too.

39′ — Neagle benefits from a wicked deflection — TFC’s greatest sin on DCU’s equalizer was that they failed to clear the ball on multiple occasions. When you fail to clear the ball, these things can happen.

58′ — Neagle lifts it over Irwin for 2-1 — Lloyd Sam provided the delicate through ball, and Neagle applied the emphatic finish. Just like they drew it up.

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Man of the match: Lamar Neagle

Goalscorers: Altidore (36′), Neagle (39′, 58′)


The game in 100 words (or less): Just last week, I lamented the fact that Sporting KC would (probably) qualify for the 2016 MLS Cup Playoffs, because, well, they’re mostly just not good, and that the current playoff structure which allows 12 of the league’s 20 teams to qualify was to blame. After watching Sporting’s 3-1 defeat to the New England Revolution this week, I don’t have it in me to spell out that argument again tonight, so just read it here.

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Three moments that mattered

4′ — Kamara gets behind, scores against his former team — Kei Kamara times his run perfectly, and the Sporting defense gives him, literally, 20 yards of space to race in on goal.

49′ — Dwyer bundles home the corner kick for 1-1 — They all count the same, regardless of beauty… or something.

75′ — Ellis scores the dubious own goal — If one moment could sum up the Sporting defense this season, it would be this one.

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Man of the match: Juan Agudelo

Goalscorers: Kamara (4′), Dwyer (49′), Ellis (75′ – OG), Agudelo (83′)